Monday, January 20, 2014
The Little Engine That Couldn't
Why does the second generation so often fail to pass the Covenant on to the third?
Is it because we don't try? Is it because we succumb to apathy, or were never really into the whole religion thing? Is it because we are unprepared? Incompetent? Don't have the resources? Do we fail to pass on the love of God to our children because we can't?
Or do we fail to pass on the Covenant because we think we can?
As a second-generation homeschooled family-integrated Bible-indoctrinated Christian, I am an über-blessed man, and I share that über-blessed status with many, many of my dearest siblings in Christ.
I wouldn't trade it for the world.
But sin has a nasty little habit of viewing evidences of God's goodness as evidences of ours.
Suddenly, the green pastures of God's mercy have been devoured by Jeshurun, and he's kicking all over the place.
There is no place in the Christian life for "I think I can, I think I can" theology. We do indeed need to have faith, but none of that faith should be wasted on ourselves.
If second-generation branches are confident in their ability to raise their little grapes the right way, they may find themselves drying up and being cast into the fire.
We must remember to eagerly and faithfully and desperately and joyfully plead with God for His mercy upon us, our families, our descendants, our local churches. We must never think for a moment that we have everything under control; if we think that we will be able to, in our own strength, do what David didn't-
Tremble. Tremble before The LORD, for He will not be mocked, and His glory will not be given to another.
We need Him. We need His grace. All of our über-blessedness came from Him, and if He is removed from the equation the über-blessedness will soon follow. If we stand atop our parapet and proclaim what a great and wise second-generation we are, we may soon find ourselves eating grass for seven years.
Because apart from Christ we can do nothing. We are the little engines that can't. No amount of positive thinking can change the fact that if I rely on all of the wonderful knowledge and wisdom and Godly examples that God has given to me, I am still, ultimately, relying on me.
And that can only result in a train wreck.